2013-04-04 / School

Superintendent’s Corner

Frances M. McArthur, PhD.,
Superintendent of Schools, Lexington ISD

Last week was a busy week for our Lexington High School students with the One Act Play Competition and High School Academic UIL Competition taking place back to back last Wednesday and Thursday. Our students and teachers did a terrific job! I want to congratulate Sara McManus and Kate Drosche, who placed fifth and sixth in Editorial Writing, respectively. I also want to commend our Social Studies Team of Eric Koch, Logan Ragland, Jason Handrick, (2nd place) and Bliss Brewer (5th place). I am very proud of Colby Stamport who placed 2nd in Poetry, of Brooke Herklotz and Karley Wren who placed 3rd and 4th respectively in Prose, and of Cody Church, who took 4th place in Persuasive Speaking. A great big shout out to Colby Stamport who won 4th place in Informative Speaking and to Aaron Stuart, Vanessa Molina, and Emily Gregg who placed 2nd, 4th and 5th in Computer Applications. Mackenzie Brown won 3rd place in Computer Science. In Accounting, Maegan Sanders took an individual first place, and the Accounting Team comprised of Maegan Sanders, Corey Strain, and Madison Bexley placed third. Both Maegan and the Accounting Team will be advancing to Regionals, along with Cody Church, who won 1st place in Current Events. Colby Stamport, Brooke Herklotz, Aaron Sturar, Vanessa Molina, Mackenzie Brown, Corey Strain and Madison Bexley will also be advancing to Regionals.

I am grateful for the hard work of Mrs. Emily Jane Cowen and all the teachers who helped coach these students, and was excited to hear that Lexington will be represented by more students at the Regional Competition at Tarleton than ever before.

What is most impressive, is that these students achieved these great honors in addition to participating in many other academic, fine arts and athletic competitions. One example of a number of these students competing in many different activities is the number of these same students who did an outstanding job at the LHS One Act Play the evening before in Cameron. Under the direction of Liam Boyer and Donna Ross, our students impressed everyone, watching them with their entertaining and thoughtprovoking rendition of Anatomy of Gray. I am very proud of: Cody Church, Mary Beth Ross, Chelsey Iselt, Colby Stamport, Brooke Herklotz, Matthew Martin, Xzandra Chrisner, Malissa Sanders, Cory Sakamoto, Brianna Brooks, Shayna Jacobs, Maegan Sanders, Aleece Moerbe, Vance Kassner, Kaylee Kenney, Kate Drosche, and Sara McManus who made the audience laugh and cry with their brilliant performance and hard work.

Our Lexington students are so talented that I never feel I can adequately acknowledge all the many ways they make me proud. This past week, we learned that Jason Washington has been selected to play in the Texas High School Coaches Association’s All- Star football game in July. This is a great honor for Jason and our school. Additionally, Karley Wren has been selected as one of fifty finalists from over 1,500 nominations for her academic achievments in the Texas Scholar Award program presented by State Farm. In addition to Karley winning the award based on her academic merit, the scholar who earns the most votes in the vote for your favorite 2013TexasScholar competition will help his/her high school win $5,000.00. I encourage the entire Lexington community to go on line to http:// www.texasscholaraward.com/ Scholars/VotingInfo; and vote for our own amazing Lexington High School senior, Karley Wren and help our high school win $5,000.

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